Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) is the industry leading platform for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management. It provides a powerful foundation that allows IT managers to design, control, and monitor enterprise wireless networks from a centralized location, simplifying operations and reducing total cost of ownership.
With Cisco WCS, network administrators have a single solution for RF prediction, policy provisioning, network optimization, troubleshooting, user tracking, security monitoring, and wireless LAN systems management. Robust graphical interfaces make wireless LAN deployment and operations simple and cost-effective. Detailed trending and analysis reports make Cisco WCS vital to ongoing network operations.
Cisco WCS runs on a server platform with an embedded database. This provides the scalability necessary to manage hundreds of Cisco wireless LAN controllers, which in turn can manage thousands of Cisco lightweight access points. Wireless LAN controllers can be located on the same LAN as Cisco WCS, or across a wide-area connection. This makes Cisco WCS the ideal wireless LAN management platform for even the largest enterprise environments.
Cisco WCS is available with an option that adds location features to the core WCS feature set. These advanced location tracking features enable IT staff to accurately track the location of wireless devices, including Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and PDAs, voice handsets, and mobile assets equipped with 802.11 transceivers. IT staff can isolate and contain wireless intruders, control access to wireless resources based upon geographic location, track assets, and support enhanced 911 (e911) requirements for voice services.
By incorporating location tracking into the wireless LAN infrastructure itself, Cisco Systems reduces the complexities of wireless LAN deployment and minimizes total cost of ownership. In addition, Cisco WCS is the only wireless LAN management system to use patent-pending RF fingerprinting technology for the highest level of location accuracy. By comparing the known RF characteristics of a building to real-time data collected by Cisco lightweight access points, the Cisco wireless infrastructure can accurately track mobile devices to within a few meters.
Flexible, easy-to-use platform
Cisco WCS is the ideal management platform for new and experienced IT administrators. Its simple, intuitive user interface eliminates complexity for users requiring an automated management experience while comprehensive lifecycle management functions meet the needs of even the most advanced IT administrators. Cisco WCS is inherently flexible, allowing each user to customize their management interface to display only the most relevant information that is required to meet operational and business goals.
Cisco WCS scales to manage hundreds of Cisco wireless LAN controllers, which in turn can manage thousands of Cisco Aironet access points. For large-scale indoor and outdoor deployments, Cisco WCS navigator can be included to simultaneously support up to 20 Cisco WCS platforms and 30,000 Cisco access points. Adding Cisco mobility services such as context-aware software and adaptive wireless intrusion prevention systems (wIPS) is simplified through Cisco WCS integration with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE).
Comprehensive wireless LAN lifecycle management
Cisco WCS cost-effectively supports all phases of the wireless LAN lifecycle from planning and deployment, to monitoring, to troubleshooting, and customized reporting. Cisco WCS makes wireless LAN operations more efficient and effective for all lifecycle phases.
Designing a wireless LAN that effectively supports business-critical data, voice, and video services is simplified with the Cisco WCS suite of built-in planning and design tools. Cisco WCS planning and design tools simplify the process of defining access point placement and determining access point coverage areas for standard and irregularly shaped buildings. These tools give IT administrators clear visibility into the RF environment. They make it easier to visualize the ideal RF environment, to anticipate future coverage needs, and assess wireless LAN events. They help IT administrators reduce, and in many cases eliminate, improper RF designs and coverage problems that can lead to end-user trouble tickets.
Getting the wireless LAN up and running quickly and cost-effectively to meet end-user needs is streamlined with the broad array of Cisco WCS integrated configuration templates. These easy-to-use templates and deployment tools help IT managers provision and configure the wireless LAN to expressly deliver the services that their business requires. Cisco WCS flexible templates, available through an easy-to-use interface, make it simple to apply common configurations across one or more wireless LAN controllers regardless of their location in the network, whether on the same LAN as Cisco WCS, on separate routed subnets, or across a wide-area connection.
Cisco WCS is the ideal management platform for monitoring the entire wireless LAN to maintain robust performance and deliver an optimal wireless experience to mobile end users. Cisco WCS centralized interface makes it easy to access information where it's needed, when it's needed - on demand or as scheduled. Cisco WCS easy-to-use graphical displays serve as a starting point for maintenance, security, troubleshooting, and future capacity planning activities. Quick access to actionable data about healthy and unhealthy events occurring on the network is available from a variety of entry points, making Cisco WCS vital to ongoing network operations.
The integrated workflows and expansive array of troubleshooting tools in Cisco WCS help IT administrators quickly identify, isolate, and resolve problems across all components of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. Cisco WCS makes it easy to quickly assess service disruptions, receive notices about performance degradation, research resolutions, and take action to remedy nonoptimal situations. Integrated workflows support seamless linkage between all tools, alarms, alerts, searches, and reports for all infrastructure components and client devices.
Cisco WCS includes customizable reporting - assists IT teams in more effectively managing, maintaining, and evolving the wireless LAN to meet ongoing business and operations requirements. Flexible reports provide access to the right data, at the right time, in a format to meet any requirement. An extensive variety of reports is available to help IT managers stay on top of network trends, maintain network control, audit operations, and quickly address changing business and end-user requirements. Reports are customizable based on user-defined parameters.